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Monday, April 26, 2010

Interview & Contest: Laura Kreitzer - Shadow of the Sun

Laura Kreitzer is a newly published fiction author who hails from western Kentucky. While her full-time 9-5 job includes working in a lab devoted to water dye-tracing investigations at Western Kentucky University, her passion lies in writing.

Shadow of the Sun is the first book in the Timeless Series of books about a young woman, Gabriella, who is a doctor in charge of paranormal investigations at an influential government lab. A sudden delivery to her lab reveals the possibility that angels actually exist and she must use her skills in both science and discernment to decide if the previously thought of science fiction is a reality.

The main character is similar to the author in many ways, the least of which is her incredible intelligence. Both Gabriella and Laura are both strong women who let very little stand in their way.

Becoming a published author is a harrowing, and often disheartening, experience. Laura bravely decided to pursue the path of self-publishing. The editing experience was an exercise in patience as version after version were carefully picked apart for proper grammar, spelling, formatting, and appropriate storyline continuity.

Although the storyline of Shadow of the Sun poured from her fingertips onto her computer screen, the process itself of bringing the book to life has been one of hard work and dedication and Laura has also decided to use this website not only to promote her book, but also for author support to encourage other writers to publish their work and become authors in the eyes of the rest of the world.


Please tell our readers about Shadow of the Sun, what makes it so unique compared to the other angel related books that we’ve read out there?

Shadow of the Sun is all about the journey of Gabriella, who works in a paranormal lab. Her job requires her to be the ultimate skeptic and to prove legends and myths as false or true. But what she comes across are angels who end up saving her life. She learns that she is the Illuminator—the one who will bring light to Shadows, supernatural beings who want to kill her and the angels. She meets Andrew who soon becomes her Guardian angel and tries to protect her from the forces that wish to kill her.

Shadow of the Sun is different from other angel related books because I took the angel idea out of its box of heaven/hell. There are no fallen angels in my book and there is no God or Lucifer. It truly is my own world I created. Of course, a lot of this is explained in the book. I can promise a thrilling journey from beginning to the end. There are no other books like this one!

Why Angels? And are they based on some characters you know / read or seen on tv?

I choose angels because I was tired of reading about vampires and other paranormal creatures like werewolves and faeries which were all thrown into this horrible light. Why can’t the main character be someone who is good? Who doesn’t shy away because “I’m not good for you”? Why does romance have to overcome good/evil when usually love has to overcome so much more? And no, my characters are not based on anyone from books or TV.

Where did you come up with the Ladies of the Light and the Shadows?

I just sat down and started writing and when I was typing those names just came out. There was no conscious thought that came to it—really! I work best when I just start to write because amazing things happen then. The story takes more turns and twists when I just let my imagination go.

When you write Andrew *swoon* do you have a face embedded in your mind, as his model? (Can you share a picture?)

This is how I picture Andrew:

What kind of research did you do for this book?

Almost nothing. Like I said above, this world was something I created and I felt that doing research would ruin it. It would change it from being my world to using others’ ideas. This wasn’t about facts and history—this was just a fictional story.

What obstacles and fun memories can you share with us while you were writing Shadow of the Sun?

Well, there are many obstacles when it comes to writing a novel. There were only a few times I had major issues but I called my Beta reader, and muse, Lisa. She would just let me talk and talk until I worked out the problem. The whole novel was a learning experience for me. I’ve learned a lot and I’ve become a better writer for it.

Now—the fun memories! Hahah! Every milestone I hit I celebrated. Halfway done with book ::parties:: Cool name for a character ::does a little dance:: First draft ::whips out wine:: Final draft ::buys another bottle of wine:: Cover is finished ::another bottle of wine:: It was almost funny because by the time the book was actually for sale I had so many celebrations and bottles of wine that people were like “Are you STILL celebrating?” ::nods::

Of all the characters in Shadow of the Sun, which / who is the most difficult to write?

Aiden is the most difficult to write because I am very close to my father. All the characters I feel like I can connect to on some level, but Aiden I really can’t. He’s a male, a father . . . neither of those I can relate to. And he was an absent father, something I never had. But, I love his character deeply and I enjoyed trying to get into his head.

What are your top 10 favorite books and why?

That is easy! The first seven would be Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling’s world is a place that is hard to leave. She is an inspiration and her writing is beyond brilliant. I’d say The Hunger Games would be the 8th. Collins is a genius! 9th would have to be Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. How can you not love Edward and Bella in her first novel? Plus, without the Twilight Saga I would have never realized I loved to write. 10th would be book two (Frostbite) of the Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead. I love all her books, but book two was probably one of my favorites. Of course, this is just my top 10 in the scifi/fantasy realm. We could be here all day if I listed all the other genres.

Do you have a book that you read recently and feel that it hasn't been noticed enough?

There is one novel but it isn’t on the shelves yet . . . It’s called Black and White by Tiffany Madison. I would add it to your goodreads account! Also—The Ultimate Gift by Stovall. It’s short, but the story is amazing.

Favorite films?

I am such a nerd. My favorite movie of all time is Independence Day. Did I mention I was a nerd? Well, any movie with Will Smith is amazing. I also really enjoyed the film adaptations of Harry Potter.

If this were to have a movie / tv adaptation who would you like to play the part of Andrew and Gabriella?

I would want Jessica Lowndes tp play Gabriella

and Eduardo Verastegui  to play Andrew

Interesting facts about you? Whatever comes to mind. (first job, dream job, hobby, etc…)

I like the drive in the fast lane even when I am going slow just because I don’t like to get stuck behind someone so I can let someone else go by me (I know, I’m mean).

I read books like it is a religion.

I am big into the environment. I work especially with the Woodrow Wilson Center, USAID, Circle of Blue, and Environ to help with outreach and training to those in China for their fresh water crisis. I am an avid geography/geology nerd and I love to get lost in Mammoth Cave (of course, not literally).

My dream job would be to travel the world and write (as long as my puppies could come with me). J

When is the release date of Soul Stalker? Any hints on what we can expect?

I’d say expect Soul Stalker in later June, early July. This coming week I will be working with Igor, who did the cover for the first, to start the second cover. I’ll announce it on my website when it is finished. You can visit my website to see updates on my writing, publishing, and cover items for Soul Stalker. Sometimes I randomly post quotes when I am writing. J

There is only one thing I want to say about Soul Stalker. I am afraid that so many people think there is going to be this love triangle between Gabriella, Joseph, and Andrew. That isn’t the case. My story isn’t about a love triangle and never will be about it. Yes, Joseph and Gabriella have a connection, but you’ll find out why in Soul Stalker.

Thanks for this opportunity, Pat.



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